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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his answer of 10 April 2001, Official Report, column 529W, on entry clearance, what proportion of the cases in which he intervened pertain to families of individuals known to him personally; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long on average a person who applied for entry clearance for settlement in (a) June 2000, (b) July 2000, (c) August 2000, (d) September 2000, (e) October 2000, (f) November 2000, (g) December 2000, (h) January 2001, (i) February 2001 and (j) March 2001 will have to wait for an interview in each queue at each post in the Indian sub-continent. 
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(32) Calcutta, Colombo, Karachi and Madras operate as a single settlement queue
Q1--Right of abode cases and Dependant Relatives over 65
Q2--Spouses and Children under 18
Q3--Fiance(e)s and other First Time Applicants
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Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Spain regarding the European Union's single sky proposals; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Vaz: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last discussed the matter with his Spanish counterpart on 9 April. The Government fully support the EU single sky initiative, which should benefit UK industry and consumers. The Stockholm European Council on 23-24 March called for progress on this issue before the next European Council in Gothenburg on 15-16 June.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision he has made in accordance with his commitments under Article 12, paragraph 3 of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages to reflect the (a) Irish, (b) Welsh and (c) Scots Gaelic languages and culture; and what the estimated cost of such provision is in each of the next four years. 
Mr. Vaz: There is no fixed budget for honouring this commitment over the next four years, but the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Devolved Administrations, who are responsible for implementing these measures, have a number of programmes in hand.
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Republic of Ireland to promote links between speakers of Irish and Scots Gaelic in both Scotland and the whole island of Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Administration is committed to a number of projects, including a £2.53 million subsidy for the Irish Language Agency under the Good Friday Agreement, and a touring exhibition of all the languages used in Northern Ireland, both of which will benefit the Republic of Ireland. The NIA has also, in conjunction with the British Council and the Arts Council in the Republic of Ireland, funded a number of events to promote Irish culture in countries such as France, Germany and the USA, and will continue to offer support where appropriate to similar future initiatives.
The National Assembly for Wales announced in April 2000, funding worth £130,000 over three years, in support of a project to support the Welsh Language and Culture in the Chubut province of Argentina. The project is managed for the Assembly by the British Council in collaboration with the Wales-Argentina Society and Cardiff University's Welsh Language Teaching Centre for Adults.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2001, Official Report, column 549W, on the Your Britain, Your Europe Roadshow, at what level and on what date the decision was made to (a) postpone and (b) cancel the initiative. 
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Mr. Vaz: In early January I decided that this visit would have to be postponed. It was subsequently rescheduled for 20 March. Following consultations with officials in the Northern Ireland Executive and the Northern Ireland Office, by late February it was clear that this date would not be convenient for their Ministers. On 28 February I decided to cancel the visit. I hope it will be reinstated in the near future.
Mr. Vaz: We are very concerned about the continuing hunger strikes in some Turkish prisons. Our Ambassador in Ankara raised our concern about the deaths of hunger strikers with the Turkish Government on 12 April. Our Embassy in Ankara again raised our concerns at the growing number of deaths with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 26 April.
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